What is mental illness?

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Whilst mental health problems are increasingly common with an estimated one in four people in Britain being affected at some point in their life, there is still stigma and discrimination towards people with mental health problems. Determining what a mental illness is well as unravelling the many myths about what different diagnoses mean is an important part of understanding the impact this may have on an individual and how to help them cope.

Mental illness is a broad term which covers a wide variety of conditions that can differ greatly in terms of causes, symptoms and severity. Generally speaking mental health problems will affect the way an individual thinks, feels and behaves. Commonly conditions associated with mental health problems include depression and anxiety and these can affect people of any age or circumstance.

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Other conditions such as dementia are typically associated with people of advancing years who are considered at ‘high risk’ from developing this type of illness.

How is Mental Illness Diagnosed?

Irrespective of the condition it’s important to try and be aware of the early symptoms, particularly in the elderly, and to get a diagnosis as soon as possible. There are a lot of different ideas about the way mental health problems are diagnosed and how to treat various different conditions. A proper diagnosis from a medical professional will help you understand the long term implications and how best to cope if the condition isn’t treatable.

Despite the challenges it is possible to live a fulfilling life even if you or a loved one is coping with some form of mental illness. It can be a difficult and challenging time but support is available.

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To find out how PrimeLife can care for those with mental illness be sure to telephone us on 0800 0463920 or click here to complete our online contact form.